WFES Newsletter

November 13th, 2020

Online Learning starts November 23rd

On Thursday, November 12th, 2020, PV Schools announced that due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the community, that all students in the Paradise Valley School District will move to online learning starting on Monday, November 23rd.


To help get ready for this, on Friday, November 20th, 2020, students will be coming home with their school-issued Chromebook or another device to help facilitate the online learning platform. Students will also be coming home with other materials from their classroom teacher(s) so they are prepared for the start of online learning.


The district is still finalizing details about on-site learning supports, meal distribution, daily schedules, and more and when that information becomes available, it will be shared with families.

WFES Harvest Parade

WFES Harvest Parade

STEP IT UP! Fundraiser

We are in the midst of our annual school fundraiser STEP IT UP! and we have already had tremendous support from our wonderful community. It is not too late for your student(s) to get involved and win or be eligible for great prizes. Thank you all for your generosity and support!


To learn more about our STEP IT UP! fundraiser and to support the school please visit: www.StepItUpKids.com/Wildfire85050

Congratulation Golden Ticket Drawing Winner Grace F!

Grace was the winner of our first STEP IT UP Golden Ticket drawing and won a brand new iPad!
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WFES Honored for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society presented WFES with the Inspiring Impact Award for the hard work and generosity of our student body and family for last springs Pennies for Patients coin donation drive. WFES was also recognized as a top fundraising school (2nd place in Arizona) with a total donation of $10,769 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


WFES are looking forward to topping that amount with this coming springs campaign.

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Ms. Korie Clark Honored As a Life Changer of the Year Nominee

The wonderful 1st-grade teacher Ms. Clark has been nominated as a Life Changer of the year. Ms. Clark's amazing heart and dedication to her students makes this a well-deserved honor.


To read and learn more about Ms. Clark's nomination, please click the following link: http://app.lifechangeroftheyear.com/nomination_detail.cfm?NominationID=5261

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Thanksgiving Food Boxes

Continuing with tradition, STUGO and Wildfire PTO will be compiling the Thanksgiving dinner boxes for our adopted elementary school! Each grade level will be able to contribute a list of items. View Classroom Signups Here. Combined with the donations from the other grade levels, we will then put together food boxes for over 35 families, each filled with all the ingredients for a perfect Thanksgiving meal.

All donations should be dropped off to the boxes at the main entrance Nov 6th - Thursday, November 19th.

  • Pre-K: aluminum foil
  • Kindergarten: potatoes and gravy
  • 1st Grade: green beans and corn
  • 2nd Grade: applesauce and cranberries
  • 3rd Grade: stuffing and chicken broth
  • 4th Grade: fruit and jello
  • 5th Grade: yams and apple cider
  • 6th Grade: festive decorations
  • All grades: supplemental $10 grocery store gift cards


Thank you and we appreciate your support in providing these Thanksgiving Meals to our sister school.

Help Wanted

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Face Mask Reminder - Please Wear Them on Campus (Even Outside)

All persons, including, but not limited to, staff, students, vendors, visitors, and volunteers, shall wear a cloth face mask while on any District property, in any District facility, at any District event, whether indoors or outdoors, and in any District vehicle, including District buses or vehicles rented or leased by the District.

Cloth face masks are to fully cover a person’s nose and mouth fitting snugly, but comfortably against the sides of the face and under the chin. Masks are to be of solid material and double-layered. For example, a double-layered cotton mask or a surgical mask. They are to remain affixed in place without the use of one’s hands and are to not have holes or valves. They are to be laundered regularly at home or disposed of appropriately.

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Staff Shout-Outs

It hasn't been easy but our teachers and staff members are working incredibly hard at providing all our students the best education possible.

If you would like to thank a staff member for all their hard work or for any of the other amazing things they do, you can give them a shout-out! Simply complete the form below and the shout-outs will be shared with the staff member and without a doubt will make their day!

Attendance Information

Wildfire Elementary School classes start at 8:45 AM. Any student arriving after 8:50 AM will be considered tardy for class.
Please report any student absence to our attendance line: (602) 449-4301. A message can be left on the attendance line 24 hours a day 7 days a week.


When calling the attendance line to report an absence:


  • Please clearly state your student’s name, their teacher’s name, and reason for the absence.

  • If your student is ill, please describe their symptoms, including their temperature and the date when the symptoms began. This information is important.

  • If your child has complaints of any COVID-19 symptoms, they must remain home from school or will be sent home from school for 10 days from the onset of the symptoms.

  • If the symptoms have improved after 10 days and they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, then they may return to school.


PVConnect Attendance: If your child has been asked to stay home from in-person learning due to illness and to attend school via PVConnect, parents do not need to call in the absence on the attendance line.

Health Office Information

Emergency Card Update

If you haven't already, we are asking all parents/guardians please update your student(s) emergency card.


This information is vital to Nurse Royce, so she knows any medical allergies and/or conditions that students may have. This information also is important to teachers and front office staff so that we have current parent and emergency contact information.


If you haven't already completed your emergency card update, please do so as soon as possible. You can go online to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and follow these directions, to update.


Technology is ever-changing and we are becoming more digital in our records. Our school site has been the leader in elementary schools for getting the annual update completed online. While it has been challenging and frustrating at times, we are thankful to the many families that have chosen to update online and help us as we continue into a more digital future.

News from the Nurse

COVID-19 affects people differently and this includes children and teens. Anyone can get the virus and anyone can spread the virus. Twelve percent (12%) of cases in Maricopa County are individuals under the age of 19.

Be sure to monitor yourself and your family for the following symptoms:

  • Fever (100.4 or greater) or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

If any of these symptoms are present or if a household member or close contact tested positive, please keep your child home and isolated from others. Maricopa County has a useful interactive home decision making tool to help guide you:

https://maricopasneb.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3wLf31Anb2yNAUZ. Also, please be sure to leave a detailed message with regards to illness when reporting absences.

The health office will have a low threshold for sending ill students home. For the safety of your child and others, please make every attempt to pick your child up from the health office in a timely manner.

Your child must be up-to-date on vaccines before returning to campus. Please be sure to send any updated vaccine records to me prior to your child’s first day back.

Over-the-counter medications, such as Tylenol and Advil will only be administered with parent permission for parent-specified conditions (migraines, menstrual cramps, etc..); we will not routinely administer for general headaches or pain because we don’t want to mask any possible COVID-19 symptoms. Please contact me for more information and for the medication form.

With regards to asthma, the CDC recommends metered-dose inhalers with spacers over nebulizer treatments during the COVID-19 pandemic. If your student requires nebulizer treatments, please contact your physician to see if an inhaler with a spacer would be appropriate as we will not be administering any nebulizer treatments in the health office this school year. In addition, all inhalers used on campus must have a spacer. Please contact your child’s physician for a prescription for a spacer if you do not have one (you may also order a spacer online without a prescription). If your student is going to self-carry an inhaler with a spacer, you must still complete an asthma action plan and you must also complete a consent to self-carry. Contact me for the paperwork.

I am excited to see your children back on campus! Stay well and please don’t ever hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


Nurse Royce

(602) 449-4303


rhirsh@pvschools.net

PTO Information

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Click Here To Join The WFES PTO/Renew Your Membership

Membership is FREE and will give you access to the PTO Student-Parent Directory. https://wildfirepto.membershiptoolkit.com/

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Chick-Fil-A Family Night

Join us Tuesday, November 19th from 5-7pm to enjoy food from Chick-Fil-A at Scottsdale 101. All orders made through the Chick-Fil-A App between 5:00 - 7:00 pm will earn money for WFES
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Virtual Family Trivia Night

Friday, November 20th Meeting Room opens at 6pm

Trivia starts at 6:15pm

Connect with your Wildfire family and friends for some virtual family fun via Zoom!! Family teams and individuals will answer family friendly trivia questions covering Wildfire facts, things you have learned in school, and other random fun facts. Order you pizza through Papa Johns and be ready to compete for some prizes! Register here to receive a secure link to the Zoom Meeting. $5 per family.

Smile.Amazon.Com

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Wildfire Elementary every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at Smile.Amazon.Com on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones.

How to turn on AmazonSmile in the mobile app:


  1. Join AmazonSmile. If you are not already an AmazonSmile member, sign up on your web browser. Simply select Wildfire Elementary PTO to start generating donations, at no cost to you.
  2. Get the app. Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on your phone. You can find it in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android.
  3. Turn on AmazonSmile. Open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.

On your first visit to smile.amazon.com, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization. Select Wildfire Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization. Every time you shop on Amazon simply start at smile.amazon.com and the school earns 0.5% of every purchase. It's that easy to make a difference! Ask your friends, family and co-workers to participate too! As always, Thank you for your support!

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Important Upcoming Dates:

  • November 5th - 19th: Thanksgiving Meal Box Collection
  • November 16th: Virtual PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM
  • November 17th: Chick-Fil-A Family Night Out from 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • November 18th: Virtual UPC Meeting at 4:00 PM
  • November 20th: School Spirit Day - Wear Fall Colors!
  • November 20th: Virtual Family Trivia Night starts at 6:00 PM
  • November 21st: Goodwill Drop-Off from 1:00 - 3:00 PM
  • November 23rd: Online Learning Resumes For All Students
  • November 25th - 27th: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 1st: Early Release Day - School Out at 12:30 PM
  • December 2nd: Yearbook Club Meeting
  • December 4th: Firebird Friday

Wildfire Elementary School Firebirds

The mission of Wildfire Elementary School is to lead students to high achievement and individual excellence in a collaborative learning environment